University Mozarteum Salzburg
Teaching languages: German | English | Russian
The opera magazine „Der Neue Merker“ described Almira Kreimel as „a colourfully interpretive, excellent pianist“ and “a virtuoso who supports the singers competently and with versatility”. She has already played on countless international stages, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. She has likewise performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Austria, Germany, France, Russia, Italy and Spain. She feels at home not only on stage but also in the recording studio. Alongside many other works, she has recorded six solo pieces on CD with the “Quintensprung” choir and participated in the Mozarteum DVD projects “Veränderungen” and “Les Préludes”. In addition to numerous awards in national and regional competitions, the young pianist won the Russian national competition “Russian Sunrise” (Vladivostok, Russia). She received her first international prize in Lonigo, Italy, at the age of fifteen. In 2004 she was awarded the “Young Talent” scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Three years later, she also won the international “Hope” competition. At the age of 19 she graduated with distinction in the main subjects piano and pedagogy at the Academy of Music and Drama (Krasnoyarsk). In the next two years, she studied under Larisa Markosyan, honoured artist of the Russian Federation, at the Academy of Music and Theatre and at the same time worked as a tutor in the wind and stringed instruments departments. She has been living in Salzburg since 2008, where she has been studying piano and pedagogy at the Mozarteum under Professor George Kern. In 2010 she won the Hübel scholarship and in 2011 took second place in the “Mozart Prize”. In 2012 she was a finalist of the “Concours FLAME” in Paris. In November 2013, after an Erasmus year at the Paris Conservatoire under Prof. Olivier Gardon, Almira Kreimel completed her bachelor’s degree in piano concert studies and at the same time earned a distinction in instrumental (vocal) pedagogy. In 2016-2017, she was also awarded a master’s degree in piano and pedagogy with distinction. Since 2014 she has been working as a teaching assistant and lecturer at the Institute for Mozart Interpretation and as a repetiteuse at the Salzburg State Theatre. Since 2018 she is a lecturer in Piano as a Compulsory Subject and senior lecturer at the vocal department at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.